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44 MINING & TECHNOLOGY AUSTRALIA 2014 | ISSUE 8 for everybody involved, it's even a tragedy for the inspectors who go along and investigate. It afects everybody, it afects obviously the family, work mates, colleagues, the management and even maybe the neighbours. These things have very serious impacts on people and the expectation is that these things do not have to happen, they're not acts of God, they are caused by many diferent factors and we need to work to make sure those factors don't impact. Zero is where we want to be. Now what sort of actions are required? Well the mining industry is very, very reliant on administrative controls, hierarchy of controls. Essentially that's one of the lowest things you can put in place to try and manage the risk associated with the hazard. We need to put in engineering solutions, we need to substitute, we need to eliminate. Just having a process or telling people the procedure isn't going to protect everybody all of the time. People are human beings, they make mistakes, we need to have systems that are robust enough and have enough layers of protection to prevent that mistake resulting in serious injury or worse still, a fatality. The other big issue is you've always got to have adequate supervision and you've got to have training etc. You don't throw people in the deep end. Even with inspectors, our new inspectors now do a six-month training course before we let them of the leash. How is the use of technology and automation on mine sites contributing to improved safety? Certainly that's elimination. if you don't have a driver on the truck then if there's a truck crash the driver can't get hurt because he's not there. So these things can improve safety outcomes and reduce certain risks but again the risk of introducing new technology is that you introduce other hazards that you don't identify. So you've got to be really careful with new technology that you address any additional hazards that you introduce, so you may again take away one hazard and therefore no more risk with the one but you may be introducing others. You've got to be really careful doing these things and of course with autonomous trucks and things like that it's a huge amount of work going into making sure that any new hazards are adequately controlled and that we get the benefts of taking away the possibility of people being hurt in vehicle interactions. Is it true that the new safety legislation for the WA sector is expected to be introduced early next year? And what will the new laws mean for the sector? The timelines are a bit longer than that. I would say that the likelihood is that the complete package will be in place by the beginning of 2016. We are going to be doing what we call a regulation impact statement. So it will be consultation with the stakeholders, a package will be introduced over the next 18 months that meets WA's needs. They will be based on the model legislation and the good parts of it. The intent is to reduce risk-based, non-prescriptive legislation and regulations supported by codes and guidance, so there's a lot of work to do. There's a lot of work being done and we are part way there. What it should provide for workers and for mining companies is a framework for the next 20 years that enables people to provide the solution that best fts their situation. The problem with prescriptive legislation is one size doesn't ft all. So this methodology would introduce some fexibility into the solutions that are applied while maintaining the requirement through an appropriate outcome which of course is a safe workplace and no incidents or accidents. I would say it's prety important to emphasise that there is a really good tripartite relationship that will drive an outcome that will be appropriate, that will be consistent with New South Wales and Queensland and there will be a high level of consistency with the other states which will be good for the industry. MINE SAFETY Simon is a qualified geologist and mining engineer with over 38 years' experience in the resources sector. Simon has worked extensively in open pit and underground metalliferous mines in Africa and Australia including copper, nickel, iron and gold operations. Simon has held various positions including supervisor, registered manager, consultant and regulator. For the last 24 years Simon has worked as a regulator in Western Australia and South Australia. As a regulator Simon has been involved in all aspects of mining and major hazard facilities. Simon has been intimately involved in the National Mine Safety Framework process and the current stakeholder con- sultation around the development of a modern OHS legisla- tive framework for the Western Australian resources sector.

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